History professor to present new book at colloquium

Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University’s RichLyn Library will host Dr. Timothy O. Smith, assistant professor of history, for the fall “Focus on Excellence” colloquium. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the Johnson Conference Room of the library.

Admission is free, and parking is available in the lot adjacent to the library. Light refreshments will be served.

Smith will present his new book titled “Britain and the Origins of the Vietnam War: UK Policy in Indo-China, 1943-50.” A question-and-answer session will follow his lecture.

“Offering a bold new interpretation of British foreign policy, ‘Britain and the Origins of the Vietnam War’ deftly examines Britain’s involvement with Vietnam from Churchill’s World War II deliberations – about Roosevelt’s desire to remove Indo-China from the French Empire – to the zenith and subsequent unraveling of British foreign policy in 1950,” said a description from Palgrave Macmillan, the book’s publisher.

Smith joined the Huntington University faculty in the fall of 2007 after moving from the United Kingdom. He earned his Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in economic and social history from Leicester University, his Master of Arts degree in Asian history from London University, and his Ph.D. in history from the University of East Anglia. Since 2003, he has taught seminar classes and given lectures on a number of history units at the University of East Anglia’s School of History. Smith is highly proficient in French and has a working knowledge of Khmer (Cambodian).

Robert Kaehr, director of library services, began the “Focus on Excellence” colloquiums in 1998. Presenters have included everyone from authors to a Civil War reenactment/singing group. For more information about the colloquiums, contact Kaehr at (260) 359-4063.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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